At St. Charles Vision, we are excited to offer our patients a thorough screening of their retinas. Called the Optos Retinal Imaging Eye Exam, this procedure uses advanced technology for a clear view of regions inside the eye.
What Is an Optomap Image?
During the procedure, an Optomap image is generated. This comprehensive picture provides a complete view of the back of the eye and requires no dilation. The resulting panoramic digital image of the retina generated by Optos scanning laser technology gives eye doctors a very detailed view, making it a useful diagnostic tool.
Retina: What It Is and Why It’s Important
Your retina is the light-sensitive tissue that lines the inside of your eye. When light enters the eyeball, it’s focused onto the retina to produce images. These pictures are transmitted as signals to the brain through the optic nerve.
Without the retina, we would not be able to see. This is why it’s important to keep the retinal tissue healthy and free of disease or injury. A detached retina, or one that isn’t receiving the right nourishment through its blood vessels, can impair eyesight and even lead to blindness.
Benefits of an Optos Retinal Imaging Eye Exam
The Optos Ultra-Widefield Digital Retinal Imager creates a widefield image of the retina in mere seconds. Your eye doctor will study this visual record to look for any abnormalities. This type of eye exam is a valuable diagnostic tool that can be used to catch problems before they grow into major health issues.
Over time, a current image can be compared with a previous one to detect any changes. Conditions that can be discovered early with this procedure include diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and hypertension, among others.
Schedule Your Retinal Eye Exam at St. Charles Vision
Call one of our six locations today to schedule an appointment . We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the Optos Retinal Imaging eye exam and explain how it can benefit you or a family member.